Archive for July 2016
From 1 July 2016, the Marine Safety Regulation 2016 replaces the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009. The Marine Safety Regulation 2016 has been designed to promote safety, reduce red tape and improve administrative efficiency.
The most significant changes include:
- Reforms to boat driver licensing, including streamlining licence classes and
- application requirements, simplifying the fee structureand the introduction of
- a 10-year boat licence
- New lifejacket standards and simplified requirements for wearing lifejackets
- Vessels no longer need to display a registration label or trade plate
- Changes to streamline the administration of aquatic licences
- Changes to some penalty levels and disqualification periods
Click on the underlined links for details.
It was good to see a good winter turnout following the West Harbour Winter Series race on July 17.
Sadly the race was abandoned but this allowed the Deck of Knowledge to meet and discuss matters of importance some of which related to sailing and boats.
The final race of the 2016 WHWS was Sunday July 31 and the after race presentation for the race and for the series was at Balmain Sailing Club.
An overview of the progressive series scores detailed in a report sent to competitors by the BSC Race Manager can be read here if you are interested.
The 2016 – 2017 sailing season is fast approaching with Saturday Spring Series Race 1 on September 3.
Equipment Audits for Saturday Series Yachts will take place on August 20 (Twilights – September 17 and 25). In preparation please review the required equipment you have on board before for having it checked by an auditor. The form is available both on the Yachts page or here – GFS Cat 7 Form
As an initiative to promote safety of skippers and crew you will be required to carry on board a completed GFS Safety Card copies of which will be provided at the time of your audit. These provide specific information of what to do in an emergency and a reminder to inform crew of the location of equipment which may be required. The card is available on the yachts page or here – GFS-Safety-Card-2016-2017-Season
Next Sunday July 17 is WHWS Race 5. The after race presentation is at GFS from 4:00pm. It would be good if all GFS Skippers and their crews could attend. Other skippers from Balmain and Drummoyne may also attend so it is a good opportunity to have some cross club discussion.
There is also an amendment to the Sailing Instructions to allow the provision of shorter courses. This amendment will be emailed but can also be found here. Please update your course sheet as it looks like light winds again this Sunday.